For decades the lands of the Ironship Syndicate have been defended by the 'blood blessed' - men and women able to channel the powers contained in the potent blood of wild drakes. Elite spies and assassins, their loyalty has established the Syndicate's position as the greatest power in the known world.
Yet now a crisis looms. The drake bloodlines are weakening, and war with the Corvantine Empire seems inevitable. The Syndicate's only hope of survival lies with the myth of a legendary drake whose powerful blood might just turn the tide of the war - if it even exists.
The task of hunting down this fabled creature falls to Claydon Torcreek, a petty thief and unregistered blood blessed. He's handled many valuable things in his time (most of them illegal) but nothing as priceless as his nation's future.
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By Nina on 08-07-17
Times for heroes are back!
What a gem! This book has been beautifully woven and raises the bar for fantasy authors. It sets a high standard for the future series.
I can't stop myself thinking that Anthony Ryan shares here, his idealistic fantasy world that only a child could dream of. There are dragons, lots of dragons, spies, rogues, sea battles and so much more. The concept of the new magic and new world with a well-developed history, politics and technology really draws the reader in.
The story is skilfully written. The author developes the characters in a natural and organic way as they pursue their adventures. It gives you this wonderful feeling of 'what's going to happen next?'.
I would place this novel among the other great epic fantasy books with a modern twist.
The times for heroes are back (!) and I willl be looking forward to devouring the next book in the series.
Steven Brand wouldn't be my first choice of the narrator.
Okay..., he delivers the story clearly, but nothing more. There is no clear distinguishment between the characters, emotion, excitement and he makes it so much harder to follow all the side stories and events. This book deserves so much better and I would be happy to wait longer for it before it's released if that would mean a better performer.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
By Mr C J Rutter on 25-01-17
"steam punk" esc with dragons, I really wanted to like this book but just found it very slow.
Narrator was very monotone and diddn"t seem to pause between sentences.
Can't help but feel that cutting half of this book out would improve the pacing and make for a better story.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful